Tampa Bay have rallied for a 5-2 win against Houston to move them within one victory of their second World Series appearance in franchise history.
Joey Wendle and Hunter Renfroe each drove in two runs in the sixth inning as the Rays seized a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Tuesday.
Randy Arozarena had a double and two singles to become the first rookie with four three-hit performances in a single postseason.
Renfroe and Kevin Kiermaier each made a pair of sterling defensive plays for the top-seeded Rays.
They can punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 2008 with a win over sixth-seeded Houston in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Jose Altuve belted a solo homer in the first inning before his third error in two games opened the door to Tampa Bay's five-run sixth.
Altuve's throwing error on a potential double-play ball put two runners aboard and led to the departure of starter Jose Urquidy (0-1).
Yandy Diaz greeted Enoli Paredes with a single to load the bases before Wendle ripped a two-run single to left field to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.
A pair of hit batsmen drove in another run before Renfroe's pinch-hit blooper to shallow right field off Brooks Raley plated two more runs and boosted Tampa Bay's lead to 5-1.
Michael Brantley led off the sixth with a homer on the first pitch from Ryan Yarbrough (1-0), who exited after allowing two runs on three hits in five-plus innings.
Three relievers bridged the gap to Aaron Loup, who worked out of an inherited bases-load jam in the eighth inning. Diego Castillo walked two but retired the side in the ninth for his second save.
Earlier, the Los Angeles Dodgers went 2-0 down to the Atlanta Braves in their series.
The Dodgers are struggling to get into gear and could be heading to 32 years and counting since their last championship after the 8-7 defeat.
Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw was scratched because of back spasms as Tony Gonsolin filled in, pitching three perfect innings in his post-season debut before allowing five runs while getting just four more outs.
The NL's best bullpen faltered for the second straight night, this time early instead of late.
Alex Wood gave up a run on two hits while walking two and hitting a batter in the left-hander's first post-season appearance since 2018.
Lefty Adam Kolarek surrendered Ozzie Albies' second ninth-inning homer of the series.
The Dodgers' bats finally showed up late in Game 2, perhaps a sign that a comeback could be in the works even though this one fell short.
Corey Seager hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning for the first LA runs, while Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each had his first hit of the series in a four-run ninth.
Seager's RBI double scored Betts in the ninth.
Muncy's two-run homer pulled the Dodgers within two and forced Atlanta to use closer Mark Melancon.
Bellinger's triple scored Will Smith from first before AJ Pollock hit a game-ending groundout to third.